Course Guides
Writing in the Environmental Sciences (UWP 102G)

2013 Fall

Katie Rodger — karodger@ucdavis.edu

Librarian Subject Specialists

Ruth Gustafson
ragustafson@ucdavis.edu — (530) 752‑1883 — Research Support Services

Librarian Subject Specialist for: General Biology; Animal Science; Avian Science; Entomology (including Bee Biology and Pollination); Environmental Science & Policy; Environmental Toxicology; Evolution and Ecology; Forensic Science; Nematology; and Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology

Need assistance? Email bioagquestions@lib.ucdavis.edu April 8-25, 2013. Ruth Gustafson will have office hours Mon/Fri 11am-noon starting Friday, April 26 through Monday, June 3, 2013 (exceptions Friday, May 10th; Monday, May 27).

SUNDAY Reference -- Available at 1st floor Shields, May 5th, 1-5pm

Carol La Russa
cjlarussa@ucdavis.edu

Librarian Subject Specialist for: Environmental Engineering

See related Subject Guide at http://bigsys.lib.ucdavis.edu/apps/subjectguides/guide.php?id=116

Library Classes

UC Davis Libraries Classes (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/instruc/classes/descriptions.php)
Classes are available for a variety of topics including searching Endnote.

Science Library Collections

The UC Davis campus has 3 separate science libraries (two health-related) and one science department in the Shields Library. Important science information, including maps, is also found as part of the Government Information Collections of Shields Library, Lower Level. Environmental health information may be found at the Health Sciences libraries but the environmental toxicology collections are mainly found in the Shields BioAg collections, 3rd floor Shields.
Biological & Agricultural Sciences, Shields Library (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/bioag/)
The BioAg Sciences collections are located on the 3rd floor of Shields Library.
Date: Monday-Friday 1-5pm (530) 752-2143
Government Information Collection [UC Davis] (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/govinfo/)
The UC Davis Library is a federal and state depository library with extensive historical and current collections in print, microform and electronic formats. We collect extensively from major international, intergovernmental organizations, selectively from local jurisdictions, and on a very limited basis from foreign governments. Agriculture, forestry, the environment and ecology are areas of strength. We collect comprehensively from the U.S. Congress and California Legislature, along with federal and state laws and regulations. The Library's collection of technical report literature is extensive. We emphasize statistical data in all collecting areas. Most government documents and maps are listed in the Harvest UC Davis Library Catalog and the UC-wide MELVYL Catalog. Some materials, such as technical reports and historical documents, may require specialized indexes or assistance from government information librarians. Government documents circulate on the same basis as other library materials. Some are housed in a separate stacks area in the Lower Level of Shields and are retrieved via the service desk on that level.
Physical Sciences & Engineering Library (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/pse/)
The Physical Sciences & Engineering Library is located near the Chemistry and Physics/Geology building, just NorthWest of Mrak Hall.
Date: Monday-Friday 11am-5pm (530) 752-5511
Health Sciences Libraries (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/hsl/)
The Carlson Health Sciences Library is located in the Health Sciences District in the Southwest corner of the UC Davis campus, near the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and contains the most comprehensive health sciences collection for Davis. The Blaisdell Medical Library is located at 4610 X St. at the UC Davis Medical Center complex in Sacramento and is specialized in the clinical areas of the Medical Center. If you need books from either library, you may receive free book delivery to the Shields Library by using the REQUEST feature from the Harvest UCD Online Library Catalog.

Connect From Off-Campus

Connect from Off Campus (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/services/connect/)
Instructions for UC Davis students, faculty, and employees to access our licensed resources from off campus. VPN is the preferred method for remote access in most cases.
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  • VPN Client Installation links (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/services/connect/vpn/) [Restricted] VPN
    PubMed and multiple browser tab/window users: the new VPN client works best for you. Please see the Install guides listed from this link. Other reasons to install the VPN Client are when you: often connect to PDFs which have URL links; want to use the "Find Full Text" feature in EndNote; use MyNCBI in PubMed; rely on licensed resources not accessible via the Web VPN; prefer uninterrupted access to licensed resources from your own computer; prefer operating system (OS)-level rather than browser-level access to licensed resources

Library Catalogs

The UCD Libraries selectively buy materials on writing in the sciences and more specifically, environmental sciences. Browsable subject headings that bring up these types of publications include: Communication in the environmental sciences; Environmental literature -- Authorship ; Ecology -- Authorship; Natural history literature -- Authorship; Communication of technical information; Report writing ; Technical writing
Harvest UC Davis Catalog (http://harvest.lib.ucdavis.edu)
Harvest is the UCD library online catalog of the collections of all five UC Davis General Libraries. It does not include the holdings of the Law Library. If you log in (My Account) using your library card number and PIN, you can renew books online, and request items that have been checked out to another borrower, or are in storage.

E-book Collections

ENVIROnetBASE [via CRCnetBASE] (http://www.crcnetbase.com/search/advanced) [Restricted] VPN
This full-text ENVIROnetBASE collection includes over 600 environmental sciences handbooks and includes indexing of chapters and their figures, charts, tables, illustrations, formulas and rules of thumb. Environmental sciences areas covered include environmental engineering and biotechnology, agricultural and natural resources, ecology, pollution and more.
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Springer eBooks Package (http://springerlink.com/books/) [Restricted] VPN
UC-wide licensed three-year (2013-2015) package for Springer eBooks and includes more than 55,000 titles in English (and selectively in German) from every scientific discipline and many social sciences. This online interface enables all books to be searchable at the full-text level. Scope (textbook areas are starred) ranges from Architecture and Design, *Behavioral Science, *Biomedical and Life Sciences, *Business and Economics, *Chemistry and Materials Science, *Computer Science, *Earth and Environmental Science, *Engineering, *Humanities & Social Sciences and Law, *Mathematics and Statistics, *Medicine, *Physics and Astronomy, to Professional and Applied Computing. NEW books are added monthly.
Coverage: 2005-2014
Wiley Online Library Ebook Collection (http://wileyonlinelibrary.com) [Restricted] VPN

NOTE: Interface does not separate ebooks from Wiley ejournals.

Over 2,000 books with 2011-2014 publication dates. The Wiley ebook license comes with broad and favorable rights for scientific, scholarly and educational uses. The collection serves a wide range of research needs in the life, health and physical sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. EXCLUSIONS to the Wiley collection are textbooks, major reference works, some professional and trade titles, and consumer books. The 2014 books continue to be added to the collection throughout the year as they are published simultaneously in both online and print.

Coverage: 2011-2014

Subject Guides

There is a subject guide for nearly every department or section on the UC Davis campus. Find the Subject Guide which best matches your major!
Subject Guides (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/research/subjects/)
Use the Subject Guides to identify additional databases to search for information on your topic.

Databases

Environmental Sciences is the most interdisciplinary of all science areas. Databases listed below index publications on topics as diverse as environmental impact studies, pollution, policy, environmental biology, environmental engineering (including green technology), government environmental reports, environmental law, and federal environmental review and policy.
Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management (ESPM) [via ProQuest] (http://www.csa.com/htbin/dbrng.cgi?username=davis&access=davis856&db=envclust-set-c&db=eisft-set-c&adv=1) [Restricted] VPN
Major areas of coverage include aquatic pollution, bacteriology, ecology, energy resources, environmental biotechnology & engineering, environmental impact statements, hazardous waste, industrial hygiene, microbiology, and risk assessment. Separately searchable subfiles include: ASFA 3: Aquatic Pollution and Environmental Quality; Bacteriology Abstracts (Microbiology B); Ecology Abstracts; Environmental Engineering Abstracts; Health and Safety Science Abstracts; Industrial and Applied Microbiology Abstracts (Microbiology A); Pollution Abstracts; Risk Abstracts; Sustainability Science Abstracts; Toxicology Abstracts; and Water Resources Abstracts. EIS: Full Text and Digests of Environmental Impact Statements are combined for cross-searching with ESPM.
Coverage: 1967-present (varies by subfile)
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Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) [via ProQuest] (http://search.proquest.com/asfa/advanced) [Restricted] VPN
UCD's *most* important database on the biology, ecology, technology and management of marine, freshwater, and brackish water environments and organisms. Database consists of the following subfiles: ASFA 1: Biological Sciences and Living Resources; ASFA 2: Ocean Technology, Policy and Non-Living Resources; ASFA 3: Aquatic Pollution and Environmental Quality; ASFA Aquaculture Abstracts; and ASFA Marine Biotechnology Abstracts.
Coverage: varies by subfile; 1971-present;earlier for selected core titles
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GeoRef [via ProQuest] (http://uclibs.org/PID/16251) [Restricted] VPN
Covers worldwide technical literature on geology, paleontology, and geophysics. Covers the geology of North America from 1785 to present and geology outside of North America from 1933 to present. Also includes GeoRef In Process database.
Coverage: 1785-present
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PAIS International Database [via Proquest] (http://search.proquest.com/pais/advanced) [Restricted] VPN
Indexes all types of materials in the area of public affairs and public policy - journal articles, books and book chapters, reports, government documents. Topics include agriculture, banking, demographics, education, environment, finance, government, health, law, legislation, political science, social sciences, and statistics. Note that PAIS was formerly a CSA database and transitioned to a new interface via Proquest in August, 2012.
Coverage: 1913-present
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BIOSIS Previews [via Web of Science] (http://isiknowledge.com/BIOSIS) [Restricted] VPN
More than 23 million records in all life science areas, including agriculture, biochemistry, biomedicine, biotechnology, ecology, environmental sciences, genetics, microbiology, plant biology, veterinary medicine & pharmacology, and zoology. Indexes over 6000 journals, serials, books and book chapters, conference proceedings and patents.
Coverage: 1926-present
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Compendex [via Engineering Village 2] (http://www.engineeringvillage2.org/controller/servlet/Controller?CID=quickSearch&database=1) [Restricted] VPN
Most comprehensive bibliographic database of engineering research literature, containing references to over 5000 engineering journals and conferences. About half the citations (from 2600 journals and conferences) include abstracts and indexing in the records.
Coverage: 1884-present
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  • Saved Searches and Creating Email Alerts (http://help.engineeringvillage.com/Engineering_Village_Help_Left.htm#CSHID=Quick_srch_over.htm|StartTopic=Content%2FQuick_srch_over.htm|SkinName=svs_evillage)
    Scroll down on Left column to "Creating an email alert"
National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) (http://uclibs.org/PID/144637) [Restricted] VPN
NTRL (National Technical Reports Library) is from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). NTRL indexes government-sponsored research, development and technical reports and provides full-text access to reports that have been digitized. Searches over 2 million reports with links to over 500,000 full-text reports. NTRL replaces NTIS via CSA bibliographic database as of 9/2009.
Coverage: 1964-present
CQ Electronic Library (http://library.cqpress.com/) [Restricted] VPN

Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Electronic Library includes many resources for the study of current and historical congressional and American government issues. The CQ Researcher is an invaluable source of background information on topical issues since 1991. The Global Researcher is similar to CQ Researcher but with an international orientation. CQ Weekly Report, available starting in 1983, reports in depth on congressional activities and political developments.

Search from the CQ Electronic Library home page, where you may register a user profile in order to save documents and search strategies, or search in each online edition separately. See similar entry "CQ Press Electronic Library" for individual titles as related listings.

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LexisNexis Academic (http://www.lexisnexis.com/us/lnacademic) [Restricted] VPN
One of the largest web-based full-text databases for current news, business and legal information, supporting a broad range of interdisciplinary research, LexisNexis Academic provides full-text access to nearly 6,000 individual titles. Includes a wide range of U.S. and foreign newspapers, plus transcripts of television and radio news programs. Business resources include business articles, accounting literature, company financial information. Legal resources include state and federal laws and regulations, a full range of case law, and law review articles.
Academic Search Complete [via EBSCO] (http://uclibs.org/PID/126936) [Restricted] VPN
Academic Search Complete (ASC) provides coverage of multidisciplinary, full-text academic journals to support scholarly research in all areas of the arts, humanities and the social, life and physical sciences. The database includes the full-text articles from 9,100 journals, with an additional 13,690 journals indexed and abstracted. Searches can be restricted to peer-reviewed articles.
Coverage: 1887-present
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UC-eLinks

UC-eLinks (http://www.cdlib.org/services/info_services/instruct/ucelinks_guide.html)
Brought to you by UC libraries! UC-eLinks helps to link you to *choices* to find the item(s) you are interested in. UC-eLinks appears in most library literature or subject databases and provides a consistent way of getting to online articles (if licensed) or to information about which print issues of a journal we own. If we do not own a journal or book, you can use the UC-eLinks service to Request that the item be sent to you for free from another UC library -- often using Web delivery if the item is an article or book chapter.

EndNote

EndNote Instructional Webpage (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/instruc/research/endnote/)
Author: UC Davis Libraries
EndNote, licensed for all UCD full-time students, faculty, researchers and staff, is a bibliographic reference manager which enables citations to be stored, searched, and quickly inserted into research papers in the format of many scholarly journals.
EndNote Intro for BioAgEnvi Sci Researchers (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/research/topics/index.php?id=130)
Author: Ruth Gustafson
This webpage is the step-by-step guide for the monthly in-person EndNote Intro course taught in Shields Library.
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Peer-Reviewed Journal Databases

Peer Review
ProQuest article databases (such as ESPM and PAIS) include a checkbox to limit to "Peer Reviewed" articles. For journals retrieved from other databases, use the online Ulrich's Periodicals Directory to locate your journal and then look for the black symbol indicating the publication is "Refereed".
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory (http://www.ulrichsweb.com/) [Restricted] VPN

The standard source for information on virtually every active and ceased periodical, annual, irregular publication, and monographic series published throughout the world (plus thousands of newspapers). Indicates whether a publication is a refereed (peer-reviewed) title.

NOTE: search by journal title, NOT article title. Ulrich's provides information on the entire publication (journal, magazine, newspaper, annual review) NOT on the articles within.

Journal Ranking

Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports is a comprehensive tool for assessing the importance of research journals in disciplines and subdisciplines including medical specialties. NOTE that review journals tend to be listed as top ranked titles, taking space away from original research titles, so use with caution.
Journal Citation Reports (JCR) (http://uclibs.org/PID/36787) [Restricted] VPN

Journal Citation Reports is an annual publication by Thomson Reuters with each yearly data analysis being completed in the following year. The most recent edition is always published in the summer following the year analyzed.

Journal Citation Reports indicates the most frequently cited journals in a field, the highest impact journals in a field, and the largest journals in a field. JCR Science Edition contains data from over 7,300 journals in science and technology. JCR Social Sciences Edition contains data from over 2,200 journals in the social sciences. NOTE: For disciplines that have longer timespans for citation, consider sorting for ranking by using the 5-year Impact Factor sort.

Coverage: 2007-2012
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